Ƀuilding a Ƀridge to the Ƀlockchain Economy

Adam Breckler
Oct 23, 2018 · 4 min read

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2019: While the initial hype has died down from new technologies like Blockchain & Crypto-currency from speculators, developer interest in blockchain has never been higher than it is right now.

Conversely, if you ask any blockchain-based project what their biggest challenge is, you will hear: “”.

While new educational resources are starting to emerge to help developers get up to speed on modern technologies like blockchain, many talented developers are still sitting on the sidelines waiting to participate.

Globally, only 7,000 to 8,000 individuals are currently developing for the blockchain with a wide range of proficiency levels.

The goal of Bridge Academy is simply:

To accelerate the entry of talented developers into the bleeding edge of technology.


What is Bridge Academy?

Bridge.Academy fills the gap between learning and practice, giving developers who join acrash-course in topics like blockchain & dApp development as well as modern full-stack development tools and techniques.

Bridge fellows are taught to bridge the gap between theory and practice and prepare themselves for remote jobs working with cutting edge technology companies .

Through a series of online tutorials and tutorials, practice via real-world exercises and a final ‘’ project, developers are able to quickly come up to speed on the latest blockchain and development technologies and build their technical and soft skills in the process.


Bridge Academy for Developers

When designing the Bridge Academy program for developers, we had to take these truths in mind:

  1. — just like YC isn’t focused on companies already in Silicon Valley, having a global and open application process is essential. Also, since Blockchains are open source by nature this lends itself to open, permissionless forking and development experimentation for a more hands-on approach to learning by doing.
  2. Talent is globally distributed while opportunities are not — for each talented engineer that has found their way to a high-paying job in Silicon Valley, we believe that there are 100 others that have such potential.
  3. It is increasingly hard to scale an engineering team in Silicon Valley— Fact: The average Silicon Valley engineer retains for 13 months. If you factor in the time to hire (~1–2 months), onboard (1–2 months), and handoff (0.5 months), you get about nine months of productive work.

Bridge Academy for Technology Partners

For Blockchain Projects and Silicon Valley Startups seeking to grow their pool of applicants. Bridge Academy helps them with:

  1. — outside of San Francisco, New York, Berlin, and the usual suspects, Bridge is aimed at widening the pool of talent into areas, not previously to be bleeding edge technology hotbeds.
  2. — building an ecosystem of developers requires lowering the barrier towards education/adoption and skills required to build on top of core protocols. That is where Bridge Academy will provide sponsored fellowships and apprenticeships to bring on-ramps for new and previously unproven talent into the ecosystem.

Program Overview

The Bridge Academy program is broken down into three distinct phases:

The Phases

  1. — 4 Weeks — Accelerated Training Program: Guided curriculum videos and exercises online, students can ask questions of mentors via 1 hour weekly live hangouts & slack “”.
  2. — 4 Weeks — Project-phase: Fellows submit proposals to projects and are chosen. Projects may also submit their own proposals for projects.
  3. — 4 Weeks — Through our hiring network and different open source projects we’ve put together a list of projects that need help. Each fellow will get matched with one of these projects to work with for a minimum of 4 weeks with the option to extend the apprenticeship if both parties agree.

The Tracks

  • designed for developers looking to contribute work in the Blockchain industry on core protocols and dApps.
  • designed for full-stack developers looking to modernize their skills and prepare for a role as a remote full-stack developer at a Silicon Valley tech company.

Interested in learning more?

https://bridge.academy

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Internet Professional, Currently: Founder, Prism Labs (Prism.io) Previously: Co-founder & VP Product @ Visual.ly

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